Culture on Display: The Production of Contemporary by Bella Dicks

By Bella Dicks

“a great addition to a transforming into physique of scholarly writing… a entire serious survey of the literature on cultural background and tourism and linked concerns within the fields of cultural and media stories over the former decade. those thoughts and matters are sincerely offered and exemplified within the case experiences of various websites of cultural display…” - Southern Review

• Why is tradition so extensively on display?
• What are the most important features of latest cultural display?
• what's the courting among cultural reveal and key gains of latest society: the increase of consumerism; tourism; ‘identity-speak’; globalization?
• What can cultural reveal let us know approximately present relatives of self and different, right here and there, now and then?

Culture on show invitations the reader to go to tradition. Reflecting at the modern proliferation of web sites showing tradition in visitable shape, it bargains clean methods of brooding about tourism, relaxation and heritage.

Bella Dicks locates various exhibitionary destinations inside of wider social, monetary and cultural differences, together with modern practices of tourism and shuttle, techniques of monetary improvement, the staging of identities, globalization, interactivity and family of consumerism. specifically, she seriously examines how tradition turns into reworked whilst it's wear exhibit inside those contexts. In each one bankruptcy, key theoretical problems with debate, comparable to authenticity, commodification and illustration, are mentioned in a full of life and available manner.

This is a vital booklet for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of cultural coverage, cultural and media experiences and sociology, in addition to educational researchers during this box. it is going to even be of substantial worth to scholars of sociology of tradition, cultural politics, arts management and cultural administration.

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This experience – of seeing without being seen – is so familiar to our post-camera culture that it stimulates further desires, to get behind the screen and find other microscopic simulations of the everyday, but this time ones which are 3-D and material. In enclaves of wrap-around display or ‘living history’, a slice of life is taking place all around us – just as though we were not there. Yet we also know the environment is laid out for us and we can always catch the 23 24 CULTURE ON DISPL AY attention of the people there – rather than being ignored by them as on TV.

There are a number of potential dimensions of state-interest in cultural display, such as for the improvement of the quality of life for citizens (and arguably thus for the containment of workers), for the pacification of internal cultural difference via statesponsored ‘national heritage’, for the creation and/or shoring up of national identity, economic competitiveness and visibility on the international stage and for the straightforward economic benefits that cultural display can bring through tourism, consumer spend and the ability to attract foreign firms and skilled workers (see Kong 2000).

Visitors to living history sites do not really believe that they have stepped back in time: they are surrounded by other visitors in jeans and trainers, and have constant reminders of their mundane present (the mobile phone’s weight in the pocket; the feel of the polystyrene coffee cup; the distraction of thoughts about tonight’s evening meal). Like the screen and 21 22 CULTURE ON DISPL AY stage, visitors still need willingly to suspend disbelief and to derive pleasure from apprehending – not the actual reality of the environment they are in – but the novel closeness of its approximation to that reality.

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